It’s impractical, it’s tiny, there’s no luggage space, no roof and you need to wear a helmet to drive it at all. Those are the downsides dealt with, there are no more in the KTM X-Bow R.
KTM made its name in motorcycles, especially the off-road variety, but in 2008, the Austrian manufacturer branched into cars with the original X-Bow. It created a storm, it looked like a very angry insect and decimated virtually everything on track. Trackday toys like the Ariel Atom and even a Caterham are much, much cheaper, but the X-Bow is the ultimate track car and both Christian von Koenigsegg and Loris Bicocchi, the test driver for Bugatti, Pagani and Koenigsegg, have one.
It still looks fresh even today, thanks to the extruded carbon-fibre chassis covered in just a few glowing orange panels and those mirrors that still look like antennae on the head of some malevolent stinging beastie. The R version has even more wings, and has lost a touch of the facial expression, but it is still there if you look hard enough.
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